Woman With Allergies

How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Allergies

While many people connect allergy symptoms with pollen, pollution and other irritants outside your home, your indoor air quality can have a big impact on your symptoms. According to the EPA, “In the last couple of years, a growing body of scientific evidence has specified that the air within homes and other buildings can be more dangerously polluted than the outdoor air in even the greatest and most industrialized cities. Other research says that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time inside. Therefore, for many people, the dangers to health may be bigger due to more exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Our Winnipeg homes are polluted by outdoor allergens like pollen that make their way in out homes, and by irritants like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, chemicals from ordinary household cleaners and more. So, what can you do about it? The solution is already in your home! It’s your HVAC system.

You should realize that your HVAC can be your supporter or your worst enemy when it comes to controlling your allergies. A dirty system can harbor and spread allergens throughout your home, so the answer is to keep your system functioning properly. Primarily, you need to keep your air filters clean. Establish a reminder or indicate it on your calendar to inspect them monthly and swap them out when you see that they’re fairly dirty. They’ll normally need to be changed every two or three months, but this can vary greatly from household to house. You can get filters that vary from the most simple level of filtering to hospital-grade HEPA filters. The pros at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which form of filter will keep your home clean and keep your HVAC operating properly.

It’s also crucial to have your system habitually serviced by an expert to keep your interior air quality where it should be. In addition to inspecting that all-important filter, your service technician will clean the inner workings of your system and make sure that everything is operating as it should. You can also ask your technician if a duct cleaning would be beneficial.

When it comes to your indoor air quality, you can put your faith in the specialists at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning to take good care of you. On top of helping you keep your HVAC system up-to-date, we can help you know that you have the tools you need to fight poor indoor air quality and allergens—like humidifiers and whole home air purifiers. Just give us a call at 204-272-8128 to confirm that your home’s air is healthy and clean.

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